There’s a great deal to be said and explored about the pelvis. Here I’ll simply focus on the position, which is either pulled back, pushed forward or centered. Left and right orientations could be due to very personal traumas and patterns which form deformations in your structure.

An important part of the pelvis is the sacrum (as the word indicates itself, sacred). It’s the end of your central line and spine. I had one teacher who always urged on the importance of this bone. Especially when it comes to sitting long term. The bone can push up into the spine and create issues in the lower spine. We’re actually not built for sitting on a chair for a long time.

Generally, when we sit we start slouching. This places more tension on the sacrum and happens because of a pelvic backward tilt. If we sit straight and tilt the pelvis in a 90-degree angle, the sacrum would not touch the floor. As with everything, there’s an interrelation to emotion. The sacrum area is connected to our centering and feeling of self-esteem (walking upright starts here). Our first interaction with the sacrum happens when we have to push ourselves through the birth canal as a newly born. This is an automatic stretch reflex. Which later translates itself into a psychological function in our ability to navigate stress. Our ability to feel that one’s power comes from one’s center.

All of that relates to our regulation of sexual energy as the tilting of the pelvis is a sexual movement. When the pelvis is forward it’s in a discharge position. This means that any sexual feeling someone has will flow directly into the genitals, the organ of discharge. Although this sounds kinda weird, your body positioning must have an effect on your psychological structure. Whichever the bodies position is in, it’s through this positioning that we interact very uniquely with the world. When the pelvis is held back the energy is charged, as the energy is kept in. You can see it as the analogy of the gun, as the hammer is cocked back and ready to fire.

If we look at a dog which is happy or scared, the same relation happens. If the tail is high, meaning that the pelvis is high, there’s an excitement and excess of energy. If the tail is between the legs, meaning the pelvis is tilted inward. There’s a fear and discharge of energy.

Sexual energy is not to be solely related to the genitals but can be seen as a very primal energy and driving force of our lives. This is not the same as superficially labeling that the nature of our lives is to reproduce. We are a collection of brains that function together and part of that brain is still the instinctual processes of our ancestors. Which are useful energies that can be guided in any direction.

The forward tilt of the pelvis would imply that we can’t contain our sexuality. Her or his only choice would be to act it out as fast as possible or oppress the feeling. Oppression is done through holding the breath (holding the belly) and this immobilizes the pelvis. This makes that tension in the pelvis and in the jaw are many times related.

A healthy pelvical movement is one that can move freely and swings around. Generally, in Mediterranean countries, there’s much more movement in the pelvis, with woman and men. This also reflects in their music and dancing styles.

We can ask ourselves:
– What’s the position of my pelvis? To the back, front or center? And how do we relate to that position? What are we doing in our lives and with our sexuality? Where’s the energy flowing?
– Am I allowing my pelvis to move freely?
– Am I breathing into the lower belly? And how does this relate to the area of the pelvis?
– What kind of energy do I sense when I move my pelvis?

What we can do:
– Rotating the pelvis with our hands on the sides.
– Pushing the pelvis in different directions.
– On the floor or in the bed, bounce the pelvis.
– On you hands and knees push the pelvis up and down and see which experience that gives you.
– Breath fully all the way to the sacrum, feel everything fill with air

All of this information comes from different modalities, teachers and books. I’ll give some references as to where to get more information. If you’re looking for ways to resolve such issues, there are two ways, one through mind and one through body. For the body bioenergetics and TRE are both good options. I’ll be posting some more information about them as well.

Body encyclopedia, A guide to the psychological functions of the muscular system – Lisbeth Marcher
The way to vibrant health – Alexander Lowen
Waking the tiger – Peter Levine
The body keeps the score – Bessel A. van der Kolk

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